HMD Global has launched a new tough smartphone, the Nokia XR20, that flaunts some appeasing durability credentials without giving up the semblance of being a normal phone.
HMD Global has launched a new tough smartphone, the Nokia XR20, that flaunts some appeasing durability credentials without giving up the semblance of being a normal phone. Apart from the XR20, HMD Global also presented Nokia C30, a budget Android Go phone, Nokia 6310 feature phone, and a few earphones.
Well, the Nokia XR20 is MIL-STD 810H certified and enjoys 1.8m drop protection. The display is shielded by Gorilla Glass Victus, which Nokia says is twice as scratch-resistant as compared to the Gorilla Glass 6. The handset brandishes IP68 dust and water resistance, which implies that it can withstand submersion in fresh water for up to an hour. The phone is resilient enough to survive exposure to extreme temperatures ranging between -25°C and 55°C.
This hardware durability is bolstered by the assurance of software longevity. XR20 ships with Android 11 out of the box and promises 3 years of version updates and 4 years of monthly security updates. Last but not the least, the phone ships with a 2-year warranty.
Nokia XR20 is up for pre-order in the US and UK in Ultra Blue and Granite colour options and will hit retail shelves by the end of August. In the UK, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage option will cost £449 (roughly Rs. 39,402) and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB variant will be available for £399 (roughly Rs. 25,220). In the US, only the 6GB RAM/ 128GB variant will be available for $550 (roughly Rs. 40,915). There's no word on the India availability as of yet.
Nokia XR20 is pretty manageable for an archetypal tough phone. It measures 10.64mm in thickness and weighs 248 grams - stats no longer as revolting as they would have perhaps been a couple of years ago.
The 6.67-inch LCD display has a 20:9 aspect ratio and FHD resolution (1080 x 2400). The handset is powered by Qualcomm’s 8nm process-based Snapdragon 480 (two Cortex-A76 @ 2.0GHz + six Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz) paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. There’s also the option for adding secondary storage using the microSD card slot.
As for the cameras, the primary sensor is a 48MP Samsung GM1 with an f/1.7 lens on top. The second sensor is a 13MP ultra-wide snapper, and the camera module has Zeiss branding. The 8MP front camera is housed within a centrally aligned punch-hole cutout.
The XR20 houses a 4310mAh battery with 18W wired and 15W Qi wireless charging.
The Nokia XR20 has stereo speakers, retains a 3.5mm audio jack, has a dedicated Google Assistant button, and clubs the fingerprint sensor with the side power key. Connectivity options include 5G, NFC, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.1, and WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac